Board of Appeals


The purpose of the Board of Appeals is hearing appeals by any person feeling aggrieved by an administrative order, decision or determination and, further, for the purpose of hearing applications and granting variances and exceptions. Although the Shorewood Board of Appeals is a local body composed of Shorewood residents, it is one required by state law. Every Village that enacts a zoning ordinance must have a Board of Appeals

Appeals are most often for building setbacks or height variances related to improvements such as additions, porches, or fences. Use variances are not allowed. A special exception may be granted for improvements made to a nonconforming structure, parking or sign code items.

Find out more about variances from the Planning & Development Department.

Board of Appeals Internal Operating Rules

The board consists of 5 regular members appointed by the Village President and approved by the Village Board. Members serve a 3 year terms. The Village Code provides for the appointment of 2 alternate members.


  • 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall second floor Court Room
  • 2nd Tuesday of each month, as needed
  • Village Hall
    3930 N. Murray Ave
    Shorewood, WI 53211

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Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Check the Village Calendar or Agenda Center to view upcoming meetings.

Most Recent Agenda (PDF) | View All Agendas and Minutes

How to Join

If you are interested in joining the Board, please see the links below. The application will be kept on file and considered when there is a committee vacancy.

VOLUNTEER FORM (PDF) (printable)

VOLUNTEER FORM (online and fillable)


The Board of Appeals includes 5 members and 2 alternates serving 3-year terms:

  • Wendy Smith, Chair
  • Mike Paulson
  • Kara Espera
  • Adam Burns
  • Jon Toutenhoffd
  • Allison Carver, Alternate
  • Cole Heinrich, Alternate

Staff Liaisons

If you would like to contact members of the citizen committee, please email one of the staff liaisons listed below: